Baked Sweet Potato Cups Made with Batata

En Español
These baked sweet potato cups are just to cute to eat! They are a perfect holiday side dish and go well with baked chicken, turkey or ham.  What I liked most about it is that it is served in orange cups. I have had this recipe for quite some time, but I have yet to try it with sweet potato because they are not grown here, however, we do have boniatos, what we call batatas.  Batatas are great tasting too, but not as moist as sweet potatoes. I was not surprise that this recipe still came out DELICIOUS even when I substituted the main ingredient. So here once again I made an American dish with a Dominican twist. I hope you enjoy it!

The oranges in Dominican Republic are fully ripe and very sweet even when their color is still green in the outside. I tried to get the fruit the most orange in color as I could possible get from our orange trees, YES... the oranges and batatas are from our farm, a true blessing, but lots of hard work. The funniest part is that I had to go out twice to get oranges because in the sunlight they looked yellow-orange, but when I got inside my home they were greenish. I did have a nice time looking for "orange" oranges, some may still not be as orange as the ones in US, but they are close and tasted great too!

Baked Sweet Potato Cups

(Adapted from Southern Living  magazine)

3 pound medium-size sweet potatoes
6 large navel oranges
½ cup butter or margarine, melted
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup whipping cream
2 large eggs
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground  ground cloves

½ cup finely chopped pecans
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Place sweet potatoes in an aluminum lined baking sheet and bake at 400ºF (200ºC) for 45 – 60 minutes or until tender. Let cool, cut in half and scoop out pulp reserve and discard skins.

2. Cut oranges in half, remove pulp and reserve for another use. Rinse orange rind cups twice in cold water and sprinkle with a little white granulated sugar, reserve.

3. With an electric mixer beat sweet potato pulp at medium speed for a minute; add melted butter, the juice of one orange, orange rind, vanilla, cream and eggs, beat for 2 minutes. Add the next 7 ingredients. Beat at medium speed until smooth, remove any tough fibers if necessary.

4. Spoon sweet potato mixture evenly into orange cups and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 ºF (175ºC) for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, Combine five topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly on top of each cup bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.

a) The sweet potato mixture rises in when baked, so just fill cups up to the top line.

b) Scooped orange cups and sweet potato mixture can be made one day in advance. Store them wrapped in plastic separately in the refrigerator until ready to assemble and bake.

c) YESSSS ... you can bake in a baking dish. You may also add mini marshmallows to the pecan topping and bake until marshmallows begin to melt a little and become golden brown.

Yield: 12 servings

I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. - 1 Corinthians 6:12-19

11 Friends Have Comment:

  1. These are simply elegant Mari! I love the flavor combination and your sweet potato substitute sounds super tasty. I would love to visit the Dominican some day. I've heard it's absolutely beautiful down there. :)

  2. Mari-your sweet potato cups are truly a beautiful and delicious treat for the holidays! Love how you made them, and appreciate the step-by-step photo directions.
    Yes, I'm quite a lucky mother-in-law; I have a "gem" of a son-in-law...seriously!
    Fabrizio is truly a good person, husband, and father to his children, and treats everyone with kindness. (I'm not just saying that because he is married to my daughter)
    Thanks for your kind comments!
    Feliz Navidad, mi amor!

  3. this is awesome. i love the fact that it is an american dish with a dominican twist. yum! que rico! ;-)

  4. El aroma a limón inundará la casa, qué bueno.
    Un beso.

  5. I love these sweet potato cups. The topping looks wonderful. How funny that the oranges are sweet in the DR when they are green:)

  6. Amo le patate dolci ma le ho sempre mangiate solo lessate. Questa è una meravigliosa ricetta per consumarle. Da te trovo sempre ricette splendide.
    Un forte abbraccio e auguri per un sereno Natale e un ricchissimo 2012!

  7. wow...sounds utterly yummmy..
    just found your your space..
    awesome recipe collection with nice presentation..
    Am your happy follower now..;)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  8. What a wonderful idea and treat! Great flavors.

    Cheers and Happy Holidays,


  9. Thank you:

    Julie, Elisabeth, Paz, Irma, Lora, Dana and Jay for your sweet comments. I am glad you like the recipe.

    Have a great week and a wonderful Christmas :)

  10. Serving the sweet mashed potatoes in an orange cup is such a nice idea. It looks pretty and festive! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  11. Thank you so much!!! You are amazing , and I'm pretty sure all of us from the Dominican Republic
    Have much respect& are proud of such elegance, and well presented dishes that just are absolute
    Represent us Dominicans & the wonderful grand parents & parents. Thank You!!!! ✨💃🌹🙏


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